“Beware of the Disinformation Campaign”
Dutch Sheets, Batesburg-Leesville, SC
I invite you to join me each day as we pray for our nation until the election crisis has resolved. I’ll be reading the daily Give Him 15, making comments, and then we will pray together. You can join me here as we Appeal to Heaven for America.
Beware of the Disinformation Campaign
From major news outlets to the U.S. State Department, we were warned that the 2020 election process would come with a mass disinformation campaign. Some said it would come from China, others said Russia would be the primary concern. Social media platforms were said to be the venue used to spread it. While we have all seen it, and may have fallen prey to it at times, it has now reached a fever pitch.
So what is disinformation exactly and why is it so concerning?
The definition of disinformation (from Oxford English Dictionary) is: “False information which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.” Wikipedia has a lengthy discussion about it, giving an example of what we call “fake news.” While this term can make it sound somewhat frivolous, it is serious. Disinformation causes the public to not know the truth when they hear or see it. It breaks down trust and at times can trigger dangerous responses.
It is one thing when disinformation is used by intelligence agencies to track spies, which is a major form of its use. It is another when major news outlets engage in it to form a narrative and mold a mindset, which we have discussed here before. It is yet another level when it is poured out in a steady stream by media and private parties until the public can no longer find or discern the truth.
Some friends recently made us aware of proof exposing witches using disinformation to keep intercessors “busy.” If we become alarmed by the disinformation they feed us, we waste time and energy focusing our intercession on those fake concerns; that’s the goal. We become Don Quixote’s, waving our swords at windmills or otherwise wasting our intercession on things that are not real. This obviously keeps us from staying strategically focused on God’s assignments, allowing the enemy to advance while we waste our time!
Another concerning matter is that the disinformation designed to promote violence is being generated. A leader of the Jericho Marches had to ask intercessors to stop praying around state capitals due to these. They were told the FBI discovered that armed groups are planning to go to the capitals sometime between now and just after the presidential inauguration on January 20th. Part of what is fueling the call to the state houses are fake videos said to be put out by President Trump calling individuals to take up arms and save the republic.
In one, clips of statements made by the president over the last 4 years have been doctored to sound like he is calling for violence. Every clip is taken out of context: statements made by the president over the years to North Korea, China, Russia, or Iran. Some of them came from his rallies, making it sound as if he is saying it now to motivate his supporters to take action against those that denied him the presidency.
In one clip in the video, He says, “There should be no fear. We shall be protected. We will be protected by God.” Then, over a backdrop of hope-filled American faces, male and female of every age and color, he goes on to commend the listeners for being “warriors for the truth.” He says they will be “the hope for humanity.” I purposefully did not add a link to this video, because I do not want to glorify it. It is dangerous. If you have seen it and let its content into your soul, get it out. Put down any thoughts of taking action based on this. It is demonically designed to cause harm to the president, this great nation, and you.
Sadly, some intercessors have been taken in by these efforts. We must take it up a notch and ask the Lord for a greater degree of discernment. At a minimum, we need to do a better job of fact-checking these reports. Ask yourself what the fruit of the information would be. Some things that make us susceptible to disinformation are fear, worry, naivete, not fact-checking, wanting to be “in the know,” and idolatry of a person.
Now, a final word of caution. Disinformation is currently coming from many sources, from those that lean politically left, and to the right. It is coming from the national media, from foreign sources, and from “vloggers” seeking influence or even to sell survivalist products. In the case I detailed above, it is to cause dangerous uprisings. We must beware of all the methods, and resist them.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any animal of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God really said, “You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?”‘ The woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.”‘ The serpent said to the woman, ‘You certainly will not die! For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will become like God, knowing good and evil.’
“When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” (Genesis 3:1-7a; NASB)
Give Him 15 Minutes in Prayer:
• Ask God to make us wise in this deluge of disinformation!
• Declare that the lying spirit Leviathan, which twists truth, will be ineffective.
• Intercede for the safety of America as we approach Inauguration Day on January 20th.
• Ask God to reveal and remove any weakness which makes you susceptible to disinformation.
• Intercede for fellow intercessors. Declare, “We will remain focused on the Lord our God. We will lean into Him and listen carefully to Holy Spirit. Him only will we serve!”
• Pray that intercessors will increase in discernment regarding natural information, and will hit the mark in intercession. The history of America will belong to the intercessors.
A Prayer You Can Pray:
Father, protect us from the flood of disinformation pouring into America! It is coming at us from all sides. There are enemies of our nation that have realized they can move our hearts and emotions with disinformation. Well-meaning intercessors have even formed prayer strategies from false information they are receiving. The lying snake, Leviathan, is twisting truth, using the same tactic he used on Adam and Eve in the Garden. Help us recognize what is happening, and stay on track!
Lord, examine our hearts and remove any hooks the enemy might find to snare us in this plan. We must not be distracted. Keep us focused on Your assignments. We ask You for safety over our nation during this next week and through Inauguration Day on January 20th. We continue to believe and watch for Your miracles.
We pray for the president as he makes significant and weighty decisions regarding what is best for America. Lord, I feel he is weighing the cost versus the benefit of continuing the fight of declassifying information, of exposing leaders here and abroad, of tearing down in order to restore and build. I know this deep in my spirit, Lord. Please give him wisdom, courage, proper perspective, and sound advice. Give him the ability to separate himself completely from reputation, legacy, and the opinion of man. Cause him to think only in terms of what he must do to save our Republic and to preserve our God-given destiny. Then make undeniably clear to him what this course of action is. In Christ’s name we ask, amen.
We, the Ekklesia, will walk in truth, discernment, and a high level of being led by Holy Spirit.
Dutch Sheets is an internationally recognized author, gifted teacher, and conference speaker. He travels extensively, challenging Believers for passionate prayer and societal reformation. Seeing America experience a sweeping revival and return to its godly heritage is Dutch’s greatest passion. He is a messenger of hope for America, encouraging Believers to contend for awakening. Dutch has written over 23 books, many of which have been translated into over 30 languages. His international bestseller, Intercessory Prayer, has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Dutch has pastored, taught in several colleges and seminaries, and served on the board of directors of numerous organizations. He is fondly known to many as Papa Dutch. Treasuring time spent with their family and grandchildren, Dutch and Ceci, his wife of 40 plus years, enjoy quiet walks in the woods, reading, and playing a little golf. They make their home in beautiful South Carolina.